The Federal Government and ECOWAS CEDEAO will be hosting the first ECOWAS Regional CBD consultation on Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework on 10th-11th August, 2020 through a webinar. The priorities for the consultation will be centred on Biodiversity in the African continent with the hope of mobilizing regional effort to deliver biodiversity protection and resource mobilization towards achieving the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The Regional Consultation with the theme “Strengthening the African Position Ahead of the OEGW-3 Meeting” will be declared opened by Dr. Muhammed Mahmood, the Honourable Minister of the Environment. While Mrs. Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biodiversity and Chief Sharon Ikeazor, Honourable Minister of State on Environment will deliver statements. This Consultation is being organized with the technical and financial support of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) respectively. As part of the Regional Consultation, all ECOWAS Member States will have the opportunity to reach a common position towards the protection, restoration, and preservation of biodiversity across West Africa. Although the Regional Consultation is a CBD Party-driven discussion, it will also give an opportunity for selected development partners, Intergovernmental Organizations and environmental NGOs like African Union Commission; African Development Bank;…
In a bid to contribute to the fight against coastal erosion in Lagos, Rotary International through Rotary Club Ikoyi Metro in collaboration with Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) engaged in tree planting and beach clean-up activities at the Alpha Beach, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Over 50 seedlings of coconut trees (cocos nucifera) were planted along the sea shore to cushion the effect of sea surge that constantly wash off the sands at the beach. The promotion of a sustainable environment is part of the projects the Club is embarking on to contribute to national development. The community people who dwell at the bay welcomed members of the club and NCF staff to the beach and joined in the activities. Dr. Joseph Onoja, the Director of Technical Programme, NCF while addressing the participants mentioned that through the satellite imagery, it was discovered that some communities and a road network that was originally at the beach had been washed off due to water rise level within the last 15years. Urging stakeholders to salvage the situation to avoid further damage to the remaining communities. He said “In 2018, NCF conducted a research that revealed that if…
Today, over 100 civil society organisations from around the world call on the United Nations to add a new article to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – enshrining a universal right to a healthy natural environment. If successful, this amendment would be the first addition to the declaration since it came to life in 1948. The #1Planet1Right campaign is dedicated to establishing this new human right, and is led by the world’s largest conservation partnership, BirdLife International. Joining them are Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and other civil society organisations such as ClientEarth and the Global Pact for Environment. Dr David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment has also endorsed the campaign. #1Planet1Right sent a letter to António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, on Earth Day officially making the request for a new human right, and will now continue putting pressure on the UN by launching a global petition. According to WHO, 23% of global deaths are linked to the damage and destruction of our natural environment, while hundreds of millions of people suffer from illnesses related to unhealthy and unnatural environment. Climate change directly results in more frequent and intense storms, droughts,…
Let’s demand that the UN make it a universal human right to live on a healthy planet. It’s no secret: our natural world is in terrible shape. Our unsustainable system is causing climate chaos and putting over one million of species at risk of extinction. As Covid-19 reminds us, the destruction of nature harms people directly. Lest we forget, we are part of nature, and we need a healthy planet to survive together. A post-COVID recovery must be a green recovery with the human right to a healthy natural environment at its core. How can something as fundamental as life on Earth be treated with such neglect? We need to completely change the way we treat our home. We, as do all other living beings, deserve the right to a healthy natural world. Join us: sign the petition to make it a UN recognized human right to live on a healthy planet. It may seem overwhelming, but it’s true: to emerge from these crises, to ensure our future and that of the planet, we need to entirely transform humanity’s relationship with nature. This human right helps make that happen {source}<!-- You can place html anywhere within the source tags --><script…
Network of Young Catholic Carers for the Environment in Nigeria (NYCCEN) in collaboration with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) commemorated 2020 World Environment Day (WED) and 5th anniversary of ‘Laudato Si’ on Thursday, 11th June 2020 through a webinar. In her welcome address, Dame Marie Fatayi-Williams, NYCCEN Initiator, expressed displeasure at the rate humans activities continue to pose a great threat to the environment. She said, “This is a time to be sorry for our cruelty to creation for our plundering and overexploitation of her riches, consumption habits and lifestyle that has led to the loss of biodiversity, pollution, climate change, disease and poverty; making the earth one huge dumpsite which has become an existential threat for all.” She applauded the Pope’s Laudato Si’ initiative which has spurred interest and participation from the youths; especially the plastic recycling to bricks, which will help put money in the hands of the poor and unemployed youths. His Grace, Most Revd. (Dr). Adewale Martins, Archbishop, Metropolitan See of Lagos and Grand Patron NYCCEN expressed his appreciation in the collaboration between NYCCEN and NCF in mobilizing the teeming youth to care for the environment that is on the verge of collapse. He said that…
The Federal Ministry of the Environment in collaboration with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) commemorated the World Environment Day with the theme “Biodiversity” on Friday, 5th June, 2020 through a webinar. World Environment Day is a global event used to create awareness for the protection of the environment, as well as call for actions to promote environmental sustainability. In her opening remark, Chief (Mrs.) Sharon Ikeazor, Honourable Minister of State for the Environment reminded everyone of Nigeria’s rich biodiversity which include rainforests and mangrove forests on the Atlantic coast in the South; and the Savannah, bordering the Sahara in the North. She said: “Biodiversity plays vital and diverse roles in our economy, ecology and social lives. It is our source of food, fibre, commercial products, medicine, agriculture and industrial processes.” She observed that biodiversity in Nigeria is seriously threatened by factors such as land use, agriculture; over-exploitation of natural resources; environmental pollution; climate change and poaching. She revealed that these threats have caused biodiversity loss which has led the nation into loss of livelihoods, making poor people become even more impoverished; spread of diseases (zoonosis); reduced food production; migration and human conflict. “Therefore, immediate attention should be focused on saving…
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